CTC appoints new president and CEO

16 October, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) appointed (16-Oct-2014) David Goldstein to the role of president and CEO, effective 01-Dec-2014. Mr Goldstein currently serves as CEO and president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).  [more - original PR]

CTC: Over 2.1 million international pax travel to Canada in Jun-2014

31 August, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) stated (28-Aug-2014) over 2.1 million international passengers travelled to Canada in Jun-2014, a 2% year-on-year increase. CTC noted a 10% year-over-year increase from its overseas markets in Jun-2014, which helped deliver an overall increase in international travellers. CTC stated the China market experienced a 27% surge in visitors to Canada, while the Australia "maintained its impressive 2014 growth" with a 9% rise in travellers to Canada in Jun-2014. [more - original PR]

CTC reports 12% increase of international pax in Apr-2014

1 July, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) reported (30-Jun-2014) over one million international passengers travelled to Canada over the Easter holiday period in Apr-2014, an 12% increase over 2013. CTC noted the US market increased by 8% in Apr-2014, while the Mexico market dipped by 1% year-over-year. Brazil's travellers increased by 10% in Apr-2014, while Germany's market was up 31% compared to increases of 23% from the UK and 1% from France. China's passengers strongly increased year-over-year by 21% in Apr-2014, alongside increases of 21% from South Korea and 19% from India in Apr-2014. Japan's market rose by 18% year-over-year in Apr-2014 due to increased capacity from Tokyo Haneda and Narita airports. [more - original PR]

CTC: Canada's tourism export revenue increases by 2.5% in 2013

6 May, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) released (05-May-2014) its 2013 annual report, noting leisure travel accounted for almost one-fifth of Canada’s international trade in services, while overall tourism export revenue grew by 2.5% to reach CAD16.4 billion (USD15.05 million). Canada's economy received CAD545 million (USD500.28 million) in tourism revenue, CAD72 million (USD66.09 million) toward federal tax revenue, while 4416 jobs were created or protected in Canadian tourism businesses. Some 2.56 million visitors visited Canada from CTC’s 10 leisure markets in 2013, an increase of 2.9%. In 2013, CTC stated Canada welcomed 16.6 million international overnight visitors from the US and all other markets, up 2% over 2012, largely driven by increased visitation from Asia. Growth from the ten leisure markets where the CTC actively invests also grew, seeing a 2.9% rise, and totalling 73,000 visitors. CTC noted this increase is attributable to significant growth from emerging markets, including China, Mexico and South Korea, while more modest increases were seen from the core markets of France and Australia, with a slight decline from the UK. CTC reported the key drivers for growth include lower oil prices and increased air capacity, with over 150,000 seats added to the existing capacity in 2013. CTC reported the status of the following markets:

  • UK: 589,000 travellers spent CAD788 million (USD723.33 million) in 2013, an increase of 0.4% in revenue over 2012;
  • France: 426,500 travellers spent CAD537 million (USD492.93 million) in 2013, an increase of 1.4% in revenue over 2012;
  • Germany: 276,200 travellers spent CAD421 million (USD386.45 million) in 2013, an increase of 1.0% in revenue over 2012;
  • Australia: 224,600 travellers spent CAD398 million (USD365.34 million)  in 2013, an increase of 1.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • China: 334,100 travellers spent CAD603 million (USD553.52 million) in 2013, an increase of 24.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • India: 162,700 travellers spent CAD171 million (USD156.97 million) in 2013, a decrease of 0.8% in revenue over 2012;
  • Brazil: 78,600 travellers spent CAD160 million (USD146.87 million) in 2013, an increase of 5.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • Japan: 188,900 travellers spent CAD302 million (USD277.22 million) in 2013, a decrease of 3.1% in revenue over 2012;
  • Mexico: 139,700 travellers spent CAD216 million (USD198.27 million) in 2013, an increase of 10.8% in revenue over 2012;
  • South Korea: 142,000 travellers spent CAD247 (USD226.73 million) million in 2013, an increase of 5.8% in revenue over 2012. [more - original PR]

CTC: total 2013 Canadian outbound travel increases by 2%

5 March, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) reported (05-Mar-2014) strong performances from the China, Mexico and India markets helped finish 2013 "on a high note". CTC’s latest global tourism watch report stated Chinese passengers travelling to Canada increased by 24% in Dec-2013, Indian passengers increased by 9%, arrivals from South Korea fell 7%, while Japan's market increased by 2%. The US market declined by 4% while the Mexican market increased by 13% in Dec-2013. Germany's market grew by 7%, passengers from France increased by 6%, although the UK market decreased by 2% in Dec-2013. Total Canadian outbound travel for 2013 increased 2% year-over-year. [more - original PR]

Oman Air reports increased training and recruitment of Omani nationals for flight crew roles

20 January, 2014

Oman Air reported (20-Jan-2014) significant increases in its recruitment of Omani citizens as flight crew and the number of Omanis training for flight-deck roles. The airline said in the last 12 months 38 trainees commenced courses for ATR, E175 and Boeing 737 aircraft with ATC Toulouse, CTC, Ecole National Aviation Civil, Jeppesen and Flight Safety International. [more - original PR]

Canadian Tourism Commission appoints interim CMO and VP, International

2 January, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) announced the appointment of Jon Mamela as chief marketing officer and Rupert Peters as interim vice-president, International (CTC News, 02-Jan-2014). Mr Mamela, formerly CTC’s vice-president for International, will report to interim president and CEO Greg Klassen. Rupert Peters, currently CTC’s regional managing director for core markets, will take on the role of interim vice-president, International, and will be responsible for both core and emerging markets. CTC plans to launch a competition for a new vice-president in strategy and corporate communications later in 2014, following the departure of Paul Nursey in mid Jan-2014.

Monarch Airlines selects CTC as its training partner

20 June, 2013

Monarch Airlines selected (19-Jun-2013) CTC as its exclusive partner to provide a further group of aspiring pilots with the opportunity to train to become the airlines future pilots. Monarch Airlines MD Kevin George said the airline's first group of MPL graduates will begin flying with the airline "very soon" and said the airline has "already seen an impressive increase in their capacity and skill". [more - original PR]

easyJet announces pilot training agreement with CTC

24 April, 2013

easyJet announced (24-Apr-2013) an agreement with training company CTC to provide an initial intake of 36 trainees to commence multi-crew pilot's licence training in 2013 and be qualified for line operations with easyJet by late 2014 or early 2015. Training will take place at CTC's facilities in the UK and New Zealand. easyJet head of flight operations Brian Tyrrell said, "easyJet is actively recruiting 200 pilots with a cross-section of experience levels – both qualified and cadet pilots. We have been enhancing the career paths for our pilots and we are confident that we are offering an excellent opportunity for new pilots to begin and develop their careers with us." [more - original PR]

CTC signs training agreements with Royal Brunei Airlines, British Airways and Monarch

24 November, 2011

CTC Aviation Training stated (25-Nov-2011) it is experiencing strong business growth on the back of some significant international contracts. The latest agreement to be signed is a long-term contract with Royal Brunei Airlines to train all the carrier's new pilots. The agreement follows new business from British Airways and Monarch Airlines secured over the last few months. In Oct-2011, Monarch Airlines and CTC Aviation announced a new partnership to deliver Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) training together. Monarch and CTC have a long-standing relationship and almost one quarter of Monarch’s current pilot workforce are graduates of CTC’s cadet training programme. Monarch has selected CTC to exclusively supply all their future cadet pilots under a newly launched cadet training programme. In Aug-2011, CTC signed a long-term agreement with British Airways to manage the whole of the airline’s new ‘Future Pilot Programme’. Cadets selected by CTC and British Airways will undergo training at CTC’s UK and New Zealand training centres. [more - original PR]